Edinburgh Monarchs reserve star Mitchell Davey looked ahead to tonight’s inaugural Caledonian Riders Championship at Armadale Stadium and declared: “I’m confident that I can strike gold and lift the crown.”
The Australian, who also races for Stoke Potters in the National League, is glad to see some of the younger riders in the sport being given their big chance to shine.
“It’s definitely a good thing that some of the riders who don’t normally bask under the spotlight are being handed an opportunity, it’s definitely an individual meeting that I would like to win.”
Asked if he fancied his chances of landing a podium spot, Davey replied: “I’m quietly confident. The organisers have put together a good field and there should be some good racing. My aim is try and make the final and see where I go from there.”
Davey confessed that his performances for Stoke in the third tier have been a bit patchy this season, but he is the most experienced rider in the field and a podium place should not be beyond him.
“My home form for Stoke has not been that good, it’s been a bit indifferent, but it’s not been all bad. It’s not often that you say your away form is better than your home form but that’s just the way it’s worked out, I’m doing better on the road.”
Davey isn’t entirely happy with his Monarchs form either around Armadale and knows he can’t afford any mistakes this evening if he wants to make a big impression. He said: “It’s been a bit up and down since the season began. I have a good match one week, then the following week I have a bit of a stinker.
“But I’m starting to work out what bikes are best for Armadale and what set-up works with certain engines. Once I’ve got a set-up that works I can decide what bike to ride. Because it is frustrating seeing your scores all over the place.”
One of Davey’s main rivals for the title will be his Edinburgh team-mate Max Clegg, who also races for and Buxton Hitmen. Davey knows Clegg well as he revealed: “Me and Max are good mates. We obviously race against each other for our respective teams in the National League but we have a bit of a carry on as well. Max will be well up for this and will be an obvious danger.”
One man who could spoil a potential Edinburgh carve up is Glasgow Tigers’ Dan Bewley. Said Davey: “He’s a great young talent on a bike and Monarchs fans know him well as he rode for the club last season until his crash at Newcastle.
“You can never count him out and he is on a good run of form right now and recently qualified for the European Under-21 Finals. He will be tough to beat if he gets out in front.”
Line-up: M Davey, M Clegg, K Whelan, D Lamb, D Bewley, K Bickey, K Dicken, S Rutherford, R Shuttleworth, R MacDonald, T Woolley, B Hopwood.